The Cornell Method

  1. Do any of you use the Cornell Method of taking notes? How well does it work for you? If not, how do you study the many pages of notes you take?
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  3. by   abundantjoy07
    Sounds interesting...can you explain what the Cornell Method is? I could always use help in studying.
  4. by   truern
  5. by   maliat
    I've sort of used it, but not very well. I admit my note taking skills could use some work. But I would also say that my notes improve when depending on the instructor. Whatever you do, I think leaving lots of room for extra notes is always a good idea for that extra thing they forgot to say the first time around.
  6. by   Never_too_late
    Quote from Tootyx121
    Do any of you use the Cornell Method of taking notes? How well does it work for you? If not, how do you study the many pages of notes you take?
    I am back in school after years of work ... so I had to revisit my classroom organizational skills. I tried these methods but..well..they just weren't me. I am not that organised in my day-to-day life..so...

    A lot of classes have well documented hand-outs and printed materials. I usually study from those. If I take a lot of class notes (not just to enhance the handouts but to record new learning), I tend to rewrite them into tables in Word. I find that a lot of nursing knowledge can be organized that way and visually I can take it in more easily.

    I guess the short answer is how you study should drive how you take your class notes so that they are organized in a manner that makes sense to you.

    N_T_L
  7. by   manna
    Looks interesting, but too complicated for me. I'm generally unorganized a a rule, though - personal and school life!
  8. by   TLC RN
    Quote from manna
    Looks interesting, but too complicated for me. I'm generally unorganized a a rule, though - personal and school life!
    lol...I am the same way

    My stupid patho class is killing me. She gave us her notes for the first two lectures and they were twenty pages just typed in paragraphs. Not outline form. It reads how she lectures it. It is like reading a book!

    I am trying to figure out how to make the info on the pages jump into my brain. I am going to try making questions about the info in the margin and quiz myself on it each day to review.
  9. by   abundantjoy07
    I agree with the too complicated thing... But it looks like a good idea. However I don't think I could use this method. Just reading before class, paying attention to lectures, and scribbling down notes works for me. Then afterwards I go over my notes and rewrite what I really need. Of course, our teachers give us their lectures on powerpoint prior to class which helps a lot.

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